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Housestaff Projects


After conducting research projects with their respective mentors, many residents choose to create posters and abstract presentations for local, regional, and national competition submission. The American College of Physicians offers an annual Colorado meeting and a local Denver meeting every year at which many residents present research abstracts. In addition, there is a Department of Medicine Research Day with excellent participation by and many award winners among the housestaff. Divisions within the Department of Medicine support residents to present at national subspecialty meetings. Each year, our residents receive recognition and awards at local, state and national meetings.​


Resident Research Projects AY2015-2016 (in alphabetical order)

  • A case series of patients with esophageal adenocarcinoma receiving esophageal stents in the setting of neoadjuvant chemoradiation
  • Assess adherance to chlamydia screening guidelines among Denver Health providers
  • Biomarkers to predict the development of future rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cardiac biomarkers, functional status and overall survival after CyBorD treatment of AL cardiac amyloid patients
  • Case series and review of the literature on interstitial pneumonia with autoimmune features
  • Development of a rapid pleurodesis technique
  • ER/PR positivity associated with response to Tamoxifen
  • Evaluation of Biliary Strictures in Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis using Probe-Based Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy
  • Evaluation of genetic causes of cardiomyopathy
  • Expanding knowledge regarding the aims and practices of Colorado Medicaid
  • Factors attributed to weight loss success after previous failure while enrolled in Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS)
  • Female factors associated with disease progression to clinical rheumatoid arthritis
  • Genetic Determinants of Rheumatci Disease
  • Genetic mutations in breast cancer
  • Glycocalyx degradation differs between direct and indirect lung injury
  • Health literacy and RA disease activity questionnaries
  • Heart failure outcomes, a factor of race?
  • High Dose Thiamine in Patients with Severe Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
  • Identifying gene rearrangments in advanced NSCLC that predict responsiveness to pemetrexted therapy
  • Malignant pleural effusions are predictive of subsequent peritoneal carcinomatosis in advanced NSCLC
  • ILD vs. PAH in Systemic Sclerosis
  • Impact of Interferon-ERA HCV Treatment Restrictions on Current Referral and Treatment Trends
  • Implementation of AUDIT-C Screening in ICU Intake
  • Improving the Transition of Care process for Veterans Admitted at Outside Hospitals
  • Internal Medicine Multidisciplinary Rounds Improvement
  • KS outcomes in Rural Zimbabwe
  • Lipid Monitoring for Patients on Statin Therapy - Clinical Practice and Utility
  • Multidrug Resistant TB
  • Novel Ablation Techniques for Repeat Ventricular Tachycardia Ablation
  • Older Adult Mortality After Release from the Criminal Justice System
  • Outpatient follow up for longitudinal intervention in Hospital-surviving patients with Alcohol Use Disorders
  • Pharmacotherapy and infection risk in cirrhotics
  • Point of Care Testing for Cryptococcal Disease among Hospitalized HIV-Infected Adults in Eithiopia
  • Polycystic kidney disease and affected parent gender
  • Prognosis of NYHA class 4 patients with VT
  • Proteomic Alterations associated with alcohol abuse
  • Pulmonary endothelial glycocalyx remodeling after sepsis
  • Rate of Central Line-Associated Complications and Reduction of Inappropriate Use of PICC Lines
  • Restenosis and vascular outcomes with drug-coated balloons vs. plan balloon peripheral angioplasty
  • Review of 40 patients with ampullary cancer
  • Right Ventricular Strain to Screen for Scleroderma - associated Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Role of Colonic Intraepithelial Lymphocytes in Mucosal Barrier Function
  • Sputum antibodies to citrullinated protein antigens (ACPA) in patients with established rheumatoid arthritis and subjects at-risk for future disease
  • The Effect of Arterial Ischemic Time on Post-Liver Transplant Biliary Complications
  • The effectiveness of in-hospital whiteboards in improving physician-patient communication HCAHPS scores
  • The long-term effect of PPI use on weight gain
  • Understanding risk factors for C.diff during hospitalization: Uremia and Hypoalbuminemia
  • Urban Peak Mindfulness Project
  • Utilization patterns and costs of care compared to those without a comorbid depression diagnosis
  • Validation of a proposed scoring system to identify patients with microscopic colitis in a community GI practice
  • Ventricular arrhythmias in patients with myotonic dystrophy​